Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child on Fela! Tour

Its a small world! Indeed for Destiny’s Child alum, Michelle Williams, and myself it is! She will be taking on the role of Sandra in the latest tour of Fela scheduled to tour the world!

Michelle Williams

photo by Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images

yellow and orange fela logoShe and I both played in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida back in the day I was her *standby at that time. And now she will play afro-beat queen Sandra Izsadore. Sandra, notably is a activist, and performer and former girlfriend of Fela Kuti. She helped to infuse some of the political tone and strife to the Nigerian-born music man who would become a leader in jazz and African music.

I’ll be excited to see Michelle in Fela! For those of you who don’t know, Fela! is the story of one of Africa’s most well known and prolific musicians, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a Nigerian man who’s music and very lifestyle stirred both hearts and controversy during his 20 plus years entertaining the world with his innovative “afro-beat genre of music”. I played Sandra Izsadore in the Original Broadway production and also sang on the Grammy nominated cast recording of Fela! along with Sahr Ngaujah (ABC’s Last Resort) and Kevin Mambo (Cadillac Records). We appeared with director Bill T. Jones in Vibe magazine during my shaved head days:

Fela cast in Juice issue of Vibe Magazine

Fela cast in Juice issue of Vibe Magazine

 

Miss Williams will be having a great year as she reportedly has new management and also recently signed to Light Records, I copped her first recording and will definitely purchase the next. When we were on Broadway with Fela, Michelle came to see the show and gave me congratulatory hugs. She was playing the role of Roxie Hart in “Chicago”, in the theatre right across the street at the time. A class act, she sent me flowers the very next day! So most definitely must return the favor! I’ll never forget the fab white suit wore to her opening night party as Aida when we played at the Palace theatre. Although I’m currently in broadway’s  Motown the Musica,l I continue to champion the story of Fela Kuti and to be a supporter of the show, because the powerful music and piece of history the show represents. My friends,  leading men Duain Richardson, and Adesola Osakalumi will be headlining the tour along with the talented  Danny Soto and “afro-soca” lady  Shakira Marshall. On the SayconTalks blog look to the right under Favorite Links and click the Fela tour link for show dates.

*A standby is a sort of built in person who can resume a character at any moment and perform a role during special appearances or in the absence of the primarily advertised actor.

 

Nigerian Reunion: Saycon Sengbloh & Omotola Jalade

Saycon Broadway actressand Omotola Nollywood actress

Saycon Sengbloh and Omotola Jalade at the Nigerian Reunion in Florida





Its been a busy few weeks we attended the annual Nigerian Reunion in Orlando, Florida. There I performed Upside Down from Grammy award nominated Original Cast Album of Fela and I also sang a new version of Sorrow, Tears, and Blood (Bamboosounds.net). My highschool friend and singer extraordinaire Clinton Harris stopped by! Between performances there was fun in the sun, crazy onstage antics, and lots of questions from the Nigerian youth about the Fela Broadway production. All I can say is see for yourself what a moving piece it is, as it continues to tour the U.S. The highlight of the evening was meeting Omotola Jalade!

Saycon performs at South Paw in Brooklyn



Hey guys it was an “All in the Family” event that brought us out to South Paw! It was crazy, I had just had a photoshoot earlier that day with Phillis Kwentoh but we made it happen! All the Family features several groups in hip-hop, reggae, R&B, genre and I joined them for a cool night of music. Hosted by Whitney Brown, and groups Under the Rasta Influence, Cherry L,Vision, and 86 Supreme and of course me! We had Rob Gertler in the house taking photos and TJ Pelles on projection, Danny Soto giving us movement and of course the bodypainted ladies, Ayesha Baxter, from Miss Sophie!I premiered a new DJ Serge Negri track to the Brooklyn audience, and wore my favorite new glasses!

SAYCON LIVE @ BEDSTUY MUSIC FESTIVAL!


BedStuy Live! Music Festival

Saycon performs Saturday around 5PM come check it out!

On Saturday July 23, 2011, we will bring together some of the most creative and innovative local talented artist in the New York Area.

We will showcase an eclectic blend of Jazz, Funk, R&B, World Music, Hip Hop, Rock, Reggae, and everything in between!

The event will take place at the Herbert Von King Park amphitheatre in the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn!!!!

This is an all day event that will run from 11 am – 8pm. It’s a FREE family event!

PERFORMING LIVE :Eliana Marcia & Banda Azul, Rosa Hyde Quintet, Kwame & the Uptown Shakedown, Naomie Esler, Rain of Kings, Cole Williams & People’s Champs, Jessica Lurie Ensemble, BR & Timebomb, Terry Blaine, Shakuan Beat Slavery, The Flowdown, SAYCON, The Hipstones

Hosted By Mount Vernon, NY’s own fly Scorpio Sister RokCity from Million Dollar Mindz, WBLS and Future Flavas!

Check out the video montage of all bands that will tear down the Herbert Von King Park Amphitheater: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLmEVRap3yY

Enjoy! We’ll see you there!

Thank You,
Kyle (Karnage) & Sabrina (Sanctum)
Organizers- BedStuy Live! Music Festival